How About Pistols At Dawn?

If it’s dual week, there must be a controversy.
UCLA lodged a protest with the Pac-10 Tuesday demanding that USC replace the 3,000-meter men’s race with the 5,000-meter race for Saturdays track meet between the crosstown rivals.
It’s generally accepted that schools run the 3,000 meters, as Stanford-Cal and Washington-Washington State are doing with their dual meets, especially with the time constraints of a televised meet (not to mention the boredom of a longer race).

But the Bruins want the 5,000 because they are worried USC might score a point in the 3,000 while the Trojans have no chance in the 5,000.
This is the third straight year of rancor between the programs, as UCLA voted against allowing a USC runner into the Pac-10 championships who was omitted because of computer error two years ago and last year USC contested the results in the long jump, eventually causing UCLA to find the original handwritten results in a trash can.
According to Pac-10 rules, the 3,000 meters can only be staged with the agreement of both coaches, so it looks like were going to see the 5,000.

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